Today, the FMCSA published the final ruling document concerning the mandate for commercial vehicle drivers to utilize electronic logbook devices (ELDs) in place of paper logs.  The rule allows for drivers who already have a compliant device to keep that device for an extra 2 years after the requirement under the new ELD and allows for exclusions for drivers with trucks manufactured before 2000.

Quoting from the FMCSA document:

Exemptions include:

  • Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days during any 30 day period.
  • Drivers who conduct driveaway-towaway operations, where the vehicle beingdriven is the commodity being delivered.
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

The rule also defines the required supporting documents associated with off-duty time and

Another key feature will be the ability for the driver to access his or her own logs without request from the motor carrier.  This is a feature already available with Rhino Fleet Tracking.

We are still reviewing the new rule and will post updates throughout the day.  If you would like to review the new rule on your own, you may find the press release here.